An Illinois couple filed a lawsuit against several product manufacturers alleging asbestos in the products contributed to the man’s cancer diagnosis.
The lawsuit was filed by Steven and Sandy Akey in St. Clair County (Illinois) Circuit Court against several defendants including ABB Inc., Cleaver-Brooks and Vermont Talc. According to the complaint, Steven worked with products that contained asbestos fibers for several years while working as an electrician and a general laborer.
In October 2017, Steven was diagnosed with cancer, which he claims was caused by the inhalation or swallowing of microscopic asbestos fibers that he worked around. Asbestos is a known carcinogenic mineral that is durable and fire retardant. It was widely used in building materials and insulation until the 1970s, and can still be found in older homes and buildings.
Asbestos exposure can cause numerous health risks including the chronic lung disease asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that develops in the lining of the stomach, abdomen and other internal organs.
The Akeys lawsuit claims that his exposure to asbestos in the products he worked with caused his disease, which prevented him from continuing to work, resulting in losing future income. He alleges that the defendants were negligent in putting asbestos in the products they manufactured when there were safer substitutes available. The Akeys also claim the companies never warned workers of asbestos risks when working with their products.
The couple request a trial by jury and seek damages of more than $50,000.
Source: Madison-St. Clair Record